Slaughter In Yemen

Obama Could End The Slaughter In Yemen Within Hours

The Huffington Post, Oct. 8, 2016

If he wanted to, President Barack Obama could end ― or at least dramatically reduce ― the ongoing slaughter of civilians in Yemen.


Right now, the Saudi-led coalition at war there can direct its jets to spend up to three hours pummeling the starving nation below.


Today, the coalition officials deciding where to drop the bombs can rely on intelligence from U.S. surveillance systems, the most powerful in the world.


At present, the bombs the Saudis and their allies are dropping on hospitals, schools, crowded markets and vital factoriesare in plentiful supply, and the jets that deliver them are perfectly serviced.


Using U.S. support, the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen has been responsible for the majority of the 10,000 deaths there since the conflict began 18 months ago ― and a brutal attack on Saturday that has killed hundreds. It has left more than 28 million people on the brink of famine.


In Yemen, Obama could single-handedly cause a major drop in the bloodshed, experts say. He simply doesn’t want to do it.

Per Obama’s orders, planes belonging to the Saudis and others involved in their coalition currently receive aerial refueling from American planes. U.S. military personnel stationed in Saudi Arabia offer intelligence and logistical support to the coalition. And the Obama administration has greenlit three new transfers of weapons ― ammunition, bombs, air-to-ground missiles and tanks ― to the kingdom to replenish stocks used in Yemen.


Obama could stop all of that at any time. Tanks of U.S. fuel for the coalition’s jets could be moved out of the area in a handful of hours.


U.S. support means each coalition mission can carry up to six bomb units or cluster bombs, munitions widely banned by most countries other than the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.


The Saudi-led coalition has bombed multiple facilities operated by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, prompting the group to shut down some of its operations — and leaving Yemenis with even less medical assistance.


The president has sold more weapons to the kingdom than any previous holder of the Oval Office.

Obama’s approach has only enabled Saudi aggression and provides it with the most advanced weaponry in the world.


Congress also bears responsibility for the killing. It could pressure the Obama administration, if it chose, to take measures and demand that the executive prove that the Saudi-led coalition is following international conflict standards before any more help of any kind is offered.


Meanwhile, the kingdom has shown no desire to back down or even accept greater accountability for its actions in Yemen. The Saudis are determined to gain further leverage through battlefield advances. Don’t rule out a limited ground invasion.


All depends on whether the president wants to stop the slaughter. Right now, he doesn’t.


Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» — «Silent Terror: One family’s history of political persecution in the United States» —

Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 12 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.

ФСБ — Федеральная служба «безопасности» России — вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) — американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» — мне запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё…

Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США

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